Head coach Jim Mora is planning to have an official spring scrimmage for the team’s spring showcase. (Photo by Brittany Murray/SCNG)
There’s no telling how UCLA’s next four practices will go, but if they go according to plan, the team’s final spring practice will be its first official spring game in three years.
Head coach Jim Mora said he plans on having a scrimmage between blue and white teams on April 29 at Drake Stadium during the Spring Showcase, barring significant injuries.
Mora opted to skip the scrimmage format for the spring showcase during the past two years due to injury concerns, but is encouraged by UCLA’s current health status as DeChaun Holiday (shoulder) suffered the only significant injury of spring practice so far.
Receiver Eldridge Massington talks about the deal he made with his coaches to not go to the track on his off days anymore, the difference with the new coaching staff and moving on after last year’s disappointment.
Quarterback Matt Lynch talks about the backup competition, what he learned while he was redshirting and how he’s changed his throwing motion.
Head coach Jim Mora talks about his plans to have a real spring game next Saturday, why splitting up practices on two fields helps the team learn its new offense and the play-making ability of Adarius PIckett.
UCLA’s Ike Anigbogu didn’t earn the playing time expected of scout.com’s No. 17 recruit in the country last season. (Brian Rothmuller/Getty Images)
Strengths: Ike Anigbogu’s current situation perfectly illustrates the exceptional athletic ability of the UCLA freshman center. Despite averaging a pedestrian 4.7 points and 4 rebounds, the obvious potential he possesses could land him alone side some of college basketball’s elite in the first round of the upcoming NBA draft. He is more than six months shy of his 19th birthday, but he has the muscle tone of an NFL strong safety. He is at least 6-foot-10, but looks vastly different than the majority of gangly basketball players at his position. By the end of the season, Anigbogu’s off-the-charts body and athleticism were translating to a high level of defense on the court.
Weaknesses: Anigbogu was the very last offensive option in UCLA’s eight-man rotation last season. He didn’t get much opportunity to develop his skills on that end of the court, but it doesn’t mean Anigbogu doesn’t have the ability to score using more than just brute strength and leaping ability. He averaged 17 points per game as a senior in high school and showed glimpses of having soft hands and nice touch around the basket. It’s apparent that he is lacking polish at the offensive end, where he was most effective catching lob passes.